Mazak Newsroom

December 2016

Mazak Builds Up Additive Series with New INTEGREX i-200S AM

Mazak continues to fortify its industry leadership in HYBRID Multi-Tasking machine technology with the introduction of its new INTEGREX i-200S AM (Additive Manufacturing).

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Keep Production in Motion with Fast, Reliable Spindle Repairs

Many of your shop’s production capabilities revolve around your machine’s spindle performance, and the best way to keep your machine producing at its maximum capacity is through regular care and maintenance of this critical component. Keeping the spindle clean and well lubricated are two simple steps that will minimize problems.

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Instrument Shop and Mazak Machines Make Beautiful Music Together

Each month, the David G. Monette Corp. (Portland, OR) produces four of the most technologically advanced trumpets in the world.

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Mazak QTU-200MY Makes Multi-Tasking Easy for Shops of All Sizes

As a perfect entry into Multi-Tasking technology, Mazak's QTU-200MY Turning Center offers shops of all sizes ease of use, cost-effectiveness and unmatched productivity.

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Take the SMOOTH Challenge

SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY has revolutionized the way our machine tools perform. Spanning the entire part production landscape — from programming and metal removal to automation and data collection

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Mazak VC-500A/5X Delivers High Accuracy, Affordable Full 5-axis Machining

Made in Kentucky, the VC-500A/5X Vertical Machining Center has a trunnion-style rotary/tilt table that allows for the accurate, cost-effective processing of small complex parts via full 5-axis machining. The machine also features the MAZATROL SmoothX CNC that allows for easier programming and faster part cycle times, in either EIA or MAZATROL conversational.

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November 2016

Six Multi-Tasking Machine Design Advancements Important for Job Shops

Multi-Tasking machine tool technology continues to evolve and push machine capabilities that make it easier to machine the most complex parts in the world and do so cost-effectively. Read about six recent machine design advancements that are particularly important to your job shop.

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Mazak to Expand in Texas

Reflective of its ardent commitment to superior localized customer service and support, Mazak announced it will open a new second facility in Texas. Joining the company’s existing Southwest Technology Center in Houston, the new Mazak Dallas Technical Center will serve the Northern Texas region.

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Mazak QTU-200MY Makes Multi-Tasking Easy for Shops of All Sizes

As a perfect entry into Multi-Tasking technology, Mazak’s QTU-200MY Turning Center offers shops of all sizes ease of use, cost-effectiveness and unmatched productivity. The space-saving machine features a main turning spindle, tool turret with rotary milling spindle, Mazak’s new MAZATROL SmoothC control and Y-axis off-centerline capabilities for high versatility paired with all the benefits of Multi-Tasking part processing.

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Is It Time for Your Shop to Automate?

Many automation systems on the market today are designed for larger shops. But if you are an owner of a small shop, you may be eager to make the most of your labor resources and machine capabilities with automation, too. Our new Multi Pallet Pool (MPP) single machine automation system is designed to meet your needs.

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Instruments, Shop Make Beautiful Music Together

Each month, the David G. Monette Corp. (Portland, OR) produces four of the most technologically advanced trumpets in the world. The shop’s customer list reads like a “Who’s Who” of trumpet players—from Charles Schlueter, former principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to jazz great Wynton Marsalis, the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, to the late Maynard Ferguson, noted Canadian jazz musician and bandleader. Each trumpet is tailored to the musician based on where and how they play as well as their individual sound concept.

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October 2016

Making it Real – Girls & Manufacturing at Mazak

A study conducted last year by The Manufacturing Institute, APICS and Deloitte uncovered important information about women in manufacturing. While women represent 47 percent of the total U.S. labor force, they make up only 27 percent of the manufacturing workforce. This discrepancy points to huge potential for attracting female workers to help fill the estimated 2 million jobs that are expected to go unfilled in the upcoming years due to the skills gap and natural attrition due to retirement.

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What is SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY

At IMTS in Chicago last month, many manufacturers, media and others who visited our booth were very interested in learning more about SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY. Rightfully so because it is unique to the industry and helps keep shops of all sizes productive, efficient, competitive and at the forefront of innovation.

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Shop Fights Cancer: Getting Jobs in by Noon, Out by Six

Sanford, Florida-based .(dot)decimal has garnered a lot of publicity over the years for not only its significant contributions to fighting cancer and improving the lives of patients, but also for its extremely forward-thinking manufacturing operations.

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VC-500A/5X Vertical Machining Center New VC-500A/5X Delivers Lightning Fast Metal Removal

Mazak's full 5-axis VC-500A/5X Vertical Machining Center accurately processes small complex parts. The machine's robust, high-performance spindle powers through all common materials — from steel and aluminum to cast iron.

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Mazak Booth Draws Thousands at IMTS 2016

A record number of visitors witnessed demonstrations of over 20 highly advanced manufacturing cells and systems. Among these were Mazak's new VC-500 AM — a next-generation HYBRID Multi-Tasking machine with both additive and subtractive capabilities — as well as the VARIAXIS i-800T that featured integrated cryogenics to enhance milling performance and increase productivity.

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Mazak Gives QUICK TURN-250MSY Several New Productivity Enhancements

For those shops looking to boost productivity as well as profitability, Mazak’s QUICK TURN-250MSY Turning Center sports several new productivity-enhancing features. These include a new direct-drive turret design, higher torque main spindle, a faster more powerful milling spindle and the recently introduced MAZATROL SmoothG CNC control.

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Mazak’s HCN-16000Q Features New Double-Column, Quill-Head Design

Mazak’s new HCN-16000Q Horizontal Machining Center is an innovative double-column, quill-head-style machine. With its quill-head, the machine performs the operations of both an HMC and a traditional boring machine to significantly boost part processing flexibility, reduce part setups and ramp up overall throughput.

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Mazak Packs HCN-4000 with New Features, Advanced Automated Cell Control

Mazak recently added several key performance enhancements to its popular HCN-4000 Horizontal Machining Center. Equipped with Mazak’s new MAZATROL SmoothG CNC, the machine can be equipped with Mazak’s new Smooth PALLETECH Manufacturing Cell (PMC) controller software.

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Mazak INTEGREX i-100ST Offers Fast, Single-Setup Processing

Mazak’s INTEGREX i-100ST Multi-Tasking machine delivers speed, reliability and DONE IN ONE capabilities. Equipped with the company’s MAZATROL SmoothX CNC, the machine shows a significant capacity for high throughput of small, simple to complex parts production. Two turning spindles, a milling spindle and a lower turret allow the machine to process first and second machining operations simultaneously or perform required sequential operations on a single workpiece.

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Mazak’s INTEGREX i-200ST Comes in Big Bore Version

With a big bore turning spindle option, Mazak’s INTEGREX i-200ST Multi-Tasking Machine delivers 60 percent larger bar-size capacity, in addition to its DONE IN ONE part processing versatility. The machine features two turning spindles, a lower turret and a milling spindle that now delivers more horsepower and torque for more part variation, faster material removal and shorter part cycle times.

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Mazak INTEGREX i-630V/6 Excels in Heavy-Duty 5-axis Machining

Mazak has enhanced both the milling and turning spindles on its heavy-duty 5-axis INTEGREX i-630V/6 Multi-Tasking Machine. With even faster, higher torque spindles, the machine processes large, highly complex parts in the shortest cycle times possible. When paired with the new TOOLTECH tool system, the machine provides efficient tool storage as well as easy loading and unloading of large size, heavy tools.

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Mazak QTU-200MY Represents Next-Generation of World-Class Turning Centers

Mazak’s simple yet innovative QTU-200MY Turning Center is designed to bring shops of all sizes advanced technology, unmatched productivity advantages and cost effectiveness. The machine features a main turning spindle, tool turret with rotary milling spindle, Mazak’s new MAZATROL SmoothC control and Y-axis off-centerline capabilities for Multi-Tasking part processing.

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Mazak QTZ-250 Sports New Innovative Digital Y-Axis for High Productivity

Manufacturers benefit from the cost-effective production of the Mazak QTZ-250 turning center with Multi-Tasking capabilities, along with its various innovative features and functions that bring maximum efficiency and value to small parts production.

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Mazak Adds Compact, Self-contained Automation to the VARIAXIS i-600

Mazak’s VARIAXIS i-600 full simultaneous 5-axis Multi-Tasking high-speed machine can feature a MULTI-PALLET POOL (MPP) 500 for self-contained compact automation that is well suited for areas with limited shop floor space. The carousel-style system maximizes utilization along with the machine’s high-performance for advanced part processing.

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Mazak VARIAXIS i-800T Delivers Multi-Tasking Speed and Efficiency

Mazak developed its new VARIAXIS i-800T Multi-Tasking Machine specifically to enhance milling operations and significantly boost productivity, especially for those manufacturers in the aerospace industry.

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New Mazak VC-500 AM Combines Subtractive and Additive Technologies

Designed and manufactured in Florence, Kentucky, the Mazak VC-500 AM Hybrid Multi-Tasking machine combines full 5-axis capability and additive technology to revolutionize product design, reduce time to market and cut R&D costs.

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Mazak VORTEX Horizontal Profiler 160 Packs Speed, Power and Size

Mazak lets shops zero in on extremely fast, efficient and accurate machining of large aluminum monolithic aircraft components with the company’s full 5-axis VORTEX HORIZONTAL PROFILER (VHP) 160 Horizontal Machining Center. The machine is exceptionally well-suited for those shops that wish to move such aircraft component machining operations from an older vertical machine platform to a newer more advanced horizontal one.

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Mazak’s MULTIPLEX W200Y is Industry’s Fastest for Done In One Processing

Mazak’s MULTIPLEX W200Y Multi-Tasking CNC Turning Center is the industry’s fastest in terms of DONE IN ONE® part processing capabilities. The machine loads/unloads parts quicker, provides shorter chip-to-chip times and sports the new MAZATROL SmoothG CNC with higher processing speeds for faster overall machining.

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Mazak HQR-250MY+Tailstock Delivers DONE IN ONE Shaft Work

The Mazak HQR-250MY+Tailstock Multi-Tasking Turning Center delivers faster cycle times and more efficiency than other comparable machines thanks to its advanced Y-axis machining capability, twin-turrets, fully programmable tailstock and leading edge MAZATROL SmoothG CNC. The machine provides shops with unequaled part-processing opportunities, including enhanced DONE IN ONE® capabilities.

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Mazak’s MULTIPLEX W200Y is Industry’s Fastest for Done In One Processing

Mazak’s MULTIPLEX W200Y Multi-Tasking CNC Turning Center is the industry’s fastest in terms of DONE IN ONE® part processing capabilities. The machine loads/unloads parts quicker, provides shorter chip-to-chip times and sports the new MAZATROL SmoothG CNC with higher processing speeds for faster overall machining.

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Mazak VORTEX e-1250V/8S Brings Accuracy, Stability to Aerospace Machining

The VORTEX e-1250V/8S full 5-axis Horizontal Machining Center features an innovative design and brings increased accuracy to aerospace machining. The ergonomic machine sports a rigid, thermally symmetrical column that provides extreme stability and prevents heat distortion, making the machine a highly precise system for processing large, complex parts that require lots of material removal, such as those common in the aerospace industry.

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Mazak’s Compact MEGA TURN 500M Packs Speed, Torque for Big Part Machining

Mazak’s MEGA TURN 500M Vertical Turning Center brings unmatched speed, torque and accuracy to large part production. The MEGA TURN 500M small-footprint machine can be automated within a minimal amount of required floor space, which is especially beneficial in automotive parts manufacturing applications.

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Mazak’s HCN-5000S with Robotics Boosts Productivity in Short-Cycle-Time Parts

When outfitted with a pedestal-style robot, Mazak’s single-table HCN-5000S Horizontal Machining Center delivers even higher levels of productivity, especially for short-cycle-time part applications such as those often found in the automotive industry. The HCN-5000S also features Mazak’s new MAZATROL SmoothG CNC that further enhances machine capability and performance.

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September 2016

Mazak Booth Draws Thousands at IMTS 2016

Mazak hosted a record number of visitors through its booth during the six days of IMTS 2016, held at Chicago’s McCormick Place from September 12-17. The company demonstrated over 20 highly advanced manufacturing cells and systems. Among these were its next-generation HYBRID Multi-Tasking technology that included a machine with both additive and subtractive capabilities as well as a machine that featured cryogenics to enhance milling performance and increase productivity.

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Five-Axis Machine Produces Medical Parts without Wasted Capabilities

When machining unique medical devices used to administer radiation treatments for cancer patients, high quality and fast turnaround is of utmost importance. Luckily, Sanford, Florida-based .(dot)decimal has found a way to achieve both. The shop conducts all its business on a completely digital, automated, internet basis, enabling it to receive job orders before 12 p.m., process them on a variety of machine tools from Mazak Corp. (Florence, Kentucky), and ship them complete by 6 p.m. that same day.

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Mazak Empowers Thousands of Manufacturers at IMTS

IMTS gives us a great opportunity to share our latest technology advancements with thousands of manufacturers from all over the world, and this year’s show was no exception. Our booth was a premier destination for many attendees because we showcased everything manufacturers need to thrive in today’s digital, dynamic and competitive marketplace.

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Meeting the Need for Expert Machinists

A short time ago, Patrick Osborne heard that some local manufacturers were considering moving their operations out of the immediate area unless they found skilled 5-axis machinists. As the Vice President of Training and Education at the Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) located in Schaumburg, IL, Osborne took this news personally.

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Endless Possibilities with Full 5-axis Capabilities and Additive Technology in One Machine

One of the most exciting advancements in machining technology currently is the incorporation of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies into Multi-Tasking machines. At Mazak, we call this concept HYBRID Multi-Tasking, and its advantages are immense. HYBRID Multi-Tasking not only revolutionizes product design and reduces time to market, but it cuts R&D costs and opens many new doors for you to explore new areas of business.

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Mazak SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY Empowers Manufacturers

Mazak continues to expand its SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY platform with more new and innovative solutions that keep today’s manufacturers productive, efficient, competitive and at the forefront of innovation. Unique to the industry, Mazak’s SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY is a platform that spans the entire part production landscape from programming and metal removal to automation and data collection.

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August 2016

Mazak Announces New Enhancements to Optimum Plus

Mazak continues to reset the bar not only with respect to the manufacturing technology it offers but also the service and support that backs it. As part of its ongoing commitment to continuous improvement, the company has recently initiated significant enhancements to its Optimum Plus service and support program equating to substantial benefits for customers.

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Horizontal Machining Centers with Honing Take Production to New Heights

Honing is one of the more expensive machining processes to perform, but is crucial in the production of pumps, valves and gears. Because today’s OEMs demand smoother surfaces to make automobiles and other products quieter and more reliable, finding more efficient ways to complete this high-precision process is more important than ever.

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Reed's Precision Machine

Reed’s Precision Machine (RPM), located in picturesque Logan, Utah, is the epitome of a family run business that continues to evolve. Reed Bindrup, who turned 85 as we went to print, started the business nearly a half century ago, in 1968. Though he plans to slow down some time in the future, he still comes to work at the business each day for about 8 hours! You can immediately appreciate the work ethic Reed installed in his family.

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New Mazak VC-500 AM Combines 5-Axis and Additive Technology to Revolutionize Product Design

Designed and manufactured in Florence, Kentucky, the new Mazak VC-500 AM Hybrid Multi-Tasking machine combines full 5-axis capability and additive technology to revolutionize product design, reduce time to market and cut R&D costs. This new compact, cost effective Hybrid Multi-Tasking machine will make its world debut in the Mazak booth S-8300 at IMTS 2016.

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Mazak Introduces New UN Series of Machines for Automotive Manufacturing

Mazak recently introduced the new UN Series of high-speed vertical and horizontal machining centers, the UN-600/30V and UN-600/30H respectively, to meet the high productivity, reliability, maintenance and automation requirements of the growing automotive manufacturing industry.

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Safety First: 5 Basic Tips for Machine Tool Operators

Today’s machine tools are powerful and produce parts faster than ever before. And, as with any powerful piece of equipment, it’s important to apply good safety practices to reduce the risk of injury. In short, respect the machine to avoid the potential for injuries sustained from moving parts, tissue damage due to contact with cold or hot machine parts, hearing loss, eye damage and stresses put on the body due to repetitive motions, excessive reaching or heaving lifting. Thankfully, modern machine tools are designed with many safety features to help reduce these hazards.

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July 2016

Beyond the High-Tech Glitz, Process Efficiency and Maximized Machine Utilization Remain the Goals

As a special guest, I attended the recent Cisco Systems Inc.’s Cisco Live event held in Las Vegas that drew upwards of 30,000 technology innovators. The event focused heavily on cloud-based infrastructures as well as cloud-based applications, processing and analyzing of data and monitoring software as they relate to many industries, including manufacturing.

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Mazak Will Demonstrate New Innovations on HCN-4000 at IMTS 2016

As the industry leader in machine tool technology, Mazak will showcase its popular HCN-4000 Horizontal Machining Center with enhanced Multi-Tasking and automation at IMTS in booth S-8300. With new high-precision honing and orbital machining capabilities, the machine now provides Multi-Tasking, DONE IN ONE® processing that is especially beneficial for producing pump and valve-type components. And for those manufacturers ready to ramp up production with advanced automation, the HCN-4000 easily incorporates into Mazak’s PALLETECH System now controlled with the company’s new Smooth PMC software.

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June 2016

Mazak to Preview Next Phases of SmartBox at Cisco Live! Event

Mazak Corporation will offer approximately 25,000 technology innovators a glimpse into the next phases of its Mazak SmartBox at Cisco Systems Inc.’s Cisco Live event in Las Vegas on July 10-14. In its next phases, the Mazak SmartBox cyber-secure Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform – developed in collaboration with Cisco – will offer the power of Mazak iSmart Cloud connectivity, machine learning and predictive maintenance capabilities, in addition to process analytics at the edge.

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Mazak Announces New Organizational Changes

Manufacturing technology leader Mazak Corporation has announced that Brian Papke, long-time company president, has accepted a new position as Chairman, and Daniel Janka, former executive vice president, has been named company president. As of July 1, Janka will assume the normal operating functions of Mazak’s North American operations, including Mazak’s iSMART Factory™ and North American Headquarters in Kentucky along with the company’s eight Technology Centers located throughout North America

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3 Tips for Staying Compliant and Profitable in Aerospace Parts Production

The aerospace industry has been on the upswing for a few years now, and all indications are that orders for parts will continue to increase. Parts manufacturers looking to capitalize on these opportunities must implement processes and techniques that will help keep them both compliant and profitable.

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True 5-Axis Gives Shop a Healthy Start in Medical Work

When Tim Schneider came on board at OneSource Manufacturing Technology in 2009, he had one mission — lead the Leander, Texas, shop into the medical manufacturing sector.

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Optimized large volume production of automotive components - Horizontal machining center FF-5000/40

Yamazaki Mazak Corporation has announced the start of sales of the compact #40 taper spindle horizontal machining center, the FF-5000/40, which is designed for the mass-production of automotive components.Production equipment used for the high-volume machining of automotive components requires high productivity, high reliability, extremely convenient maintenance, and integration with high performance automation.

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Cryogenics in Manufacturing? Absolutely!

At Mazak, we continually work toward the development of new technologies and applications that expand the realm of what is possible or improve the performance of existing machines and tools. One of our latest advancements is the integration of liquid nitrogen cryogenics technology into our new VARIAXIS i-800T full 5-axis vertical machining centers.

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Mazak Will Debut New VARIAXIS i-800T at IMTS 2016

At IMTS, Mazak will unveil its new VARIAXIS i-800T Multi-Tasking Machine developed specifically to enhance milling operations and significantly boost productivity – especially for those manufacturers in the aerospace industry. With full 5-axis milling and turning capabilities along with integrated liquid nitrogen cryogenics technology, the machine not only delivers high processing efficiency for complex aerospace components, but also prevents the detrimental white layers typically generated when machining those parts from tough materials such as titanium, nickel, Invar and other exotics.

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May 2016

Mazak Certifies CNC Software Incorporated as Newest VIP Partner

Mazak has certified CNC Software Inc., a leading developer and supplier of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software, as the newest member of its Value Inspired Partners (VIP) technology program. CNC Software established its well-known reputation with the development of Mastercam CAD/CAM software that continues to provide designers, NC programmers and engineers as well as machinists on the shop floor with powerful programming capabilities.

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Decide Which 5-axis or Multi-Tasking Machine Tool is Best for You

We’re proud to offer the industry’s most advanced and comprehensive selection of 5-axis and Multi-Tasking machine configurations so that you can easily find a machine that will best meet your needs. When making a machine selection, it’s important to choose the right one.

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Consider This When Buying a New VMC

Today’s vertical machining centers (VMCs) offer a wide range of features and capabilities – from 3-, 4- and 5-axis milling and user-friendly CNC controls to a plethora of options that further increase productivity and expand part processing possibilities in terms of shape and geometry. And while all the available variations of VMCs can seem overwhelming, there are three key considerations to keep in mind that will help narrow your selection down to the one that’s perfectly matched for your applications.

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April 2016

Precision Profiler Puts Shop in an Aerospace Sweet Spot

Fort Walton Machining has positioned itself into what could be considered a large-part-manufacturing sweet spot within the aerospace industry.

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Spring DISCOVER MORE WITH MAZAK™ Regional Events

Attending a DISCOVER MORE WITH MAZAK Technology + Education Event at one of our Regional Technology Centers is a great way to get an up-close look at the most advanced technologies available.

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VCN-530C Delivers Value and Productivity

The Kentucky-built Mazak VCN-530C Vertical Machining Center features several new enhancements that boost speed and performance for a wide variety of metalworking applications.

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Full 5-axis or 3 + 2 Machining: Which is Right for You?

If you currently use conventional 3-axis machining, your logical part processing progression is the step up to full 5-axis or 3 + 2 machining capabilities. While both offer advantages, understanding the fundamental differences between the two is key to determining which process will best meet your specific needs.

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Manufacturer Gets Aggressive with Automated Machining

Only a few short years ago, automation was somewhat scarce within much of the manufacturing operations at GN Corporations Inc., in Airdrie, Alberta. But the shop that precision machines oil and gas industry equipment is driven by a strong forward-thinking attitude of continuous improvement.

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Multi-Tasking Turning Center is Simple but Innovative

Made in Kentucky, the Mazak QUICK TURN UNIVERSAL (QTU) 200M Multi-Tasking turning center may be just the solution you need to improve efficiency in the high-volume production of small parts.

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DISCOVER MORE WITH MAZAK Regional Events are Just Around the Corner

Attending a DISCOVER MORE WITH MAZAK Technology + Education Event at one of our Regional Technology Centers is a great way to get an up-close look at the most advanced technologies available, talk to applications specialists and learn about new production strategies that can help you improve productivity and quality. Register today for an event near you.

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Smarten Up

When I started on the shopfloor, machine tools were dumb. Communication levels weren’t determined by protocols or baud rates but by which machinist could yell the loudest. NC programs were loaded from paper tape, tool offsets made with a hammer, and part quality results recorded on handwritten forms.

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Is Your Machine Titanium-Ready?

If you want to machine titanium there are three things you need: the right machine, the right cutting tools with the right cutting technique, and the right CAM software. If you remove one from the equation, you may fail.

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Implementing MTConnect

Manufacturers need to improve their manufacturing operations is driving growth of MTConnect, an open, royalty-free protocol for extracting data from practically any piece of equipment, including machine tools and other manufacturing systems.

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March 2016

2016 Manufacturing Outlook: Automation & Digital Integration

Now is the perfect time for manufacturers of all sizes to develop strategies for incorporating automation and digital integration into their operations. Technologies that enable them to effectively do so are readily available. Production demand is up and predicted to maintain an upward trajectory, especially in the second half of the year. And, unfortunately on the downside, we must face the reality of and deal with a continuously shrinking skilled work force while still maintaining this nation’s manufacturing productivity.

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Manufacturer Gets Aggressive with Automated Machining

Only a few short years ago, automation was somewhat scarce within much of the manufacturing operations at GN Corporations Inc., in Airdrie, Alberta. But the shop, driven by a strong forward-thinking attitude of continuous improvement, recently made a strategic automation leap to further increase productivity and ensure its global competitiveness well into the future.

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New Mazak TOOLTECH Stores Big Tools in a Small Space

Mazak’s new TOOLTECH compact tool magazine stores big, heavy and large-diameter tools within a very small amount of required floor space. Plus, special tool carts and docking stations eliminate the need for operators to manually lift tools in and out of the system, so tooling set ups are faster, easier and safer.

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Mazak Continues Advocacy of MTConnect as [MC]2 2016 Sponsor

Since the inception of MTConnect, Mazak Corporation has taken a leadership role and continued to show its unwavering support for the open communications protocol. And in line with that commitment is the company’s ongoing participation and sponsorship of the annual [MC]2 conference, workshop and expo events.

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February 2016

What CNC programming style best suits your operations?

In the most basic sense, the functionality of a CNC is to enable a machine tool to achieve automatic, precise and consistent motion control. To do this properly, the CNC requires a set of programming instructions that tells the machine how to run a part.

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Mazak Florida Distributor Unbridled Technologies Hosts Grand Opening

Mazak’s footprint in Florida continues to expand with the grand opening of a new Unbridled Technologies (U Tech) facility in Tampa. As an integral part of Mazak’s distribution network, Unbridled Technologies and its new technical center will give area customers easy access to even more advanced metalworking technology, experienced applications engineering support and training.

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Smart Manufacturing: Bridging the Digital Divide

Since the 80s, our industry has primarily focused on lean production strategies to help offset the higher cost of doing business in this country as compared with overseas. And, while finding ways to reduce operational waste is important, the lean approach can only take us so far in a world that will soon be driven by the interconnectivity of intelligent products, processes and services.

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VTC-805E Delivers Speed And Power

The new Mazak VTC-805E Vertical Traveling Column Machining Center brings high versatility and productivity to those shops that need to tackle long and/or heavy parts.

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Dallas Technical Center Now Open

Mazak is excited to deliver excellent, localized customer service at its new Technical Center in Dallas, Texas. Joining the company's existing Southwest Technology Center in Houston, the Mazak Dallas Technical Center serves the Northern Texas region and will provide access to unmatched applications, service and support resources.

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SHOP STRETCHES MANUFACTURING ABILITIES WITH ADVANCED VTCS

What was once a significant cost for Techniform is now a major profit center. Techniform routinely farmed out several hundred part numbers for machining work. But upon the return of these jobs, the shop wasted a lot of time sorting through parts, inspecting them and inevitably rejecting many of them — adding the cost of raw materials to the list of losses as well.

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Discover the Power of Data-Driven Manufacturing at Mazak Midwest Event

Mazak will host its annual Discover More With Mazak™ Event at its Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, April 19 – 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CST). The technology and education event will explore how today’s advanced metalworking technologies and data-driven production strategies contribute to unprecedented productivity gains and improved quality management.

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Mazak Northeast Event to Highlight Innovations for Enhancing Productivity

Mazak will host its seventh annual Discover More With Mazak™ event at its Northeast Technology Center in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, May 3 – 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST). This technology and education event will feature the largest presentation of Mazak CNC machine tools in the region, as well as other innovations for enhancing productivity and versatility on the shop floor. A special day for students will be held on Thursday, May 5.

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January 2016

2016 Manufacturing Outlook: Currency and Capital Equipment

Any manufacturer, regardless of industry segment, faces various business risks. While some risks can be internally regulated (e.g. machine failure, talent management), others arise from external factors (e.g. economic factors, government regulations) that cannot be controlled.

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Shop’s Machining Capabilities Smoke the Competition

Sentry Industries manufactures parts that hit speeds of up to 200 mph and travel one-eighth of a mile in just four seconds. The Rock Island, Illinois, shop specializes in high-performance components and assemblies primarily for the pro-modified motorcycle drag racing industry, in addition to its other general contract machining and prototyping work.

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True 5-Axis Gives Shop A Healthy Start in Medical Work

When Tim Schneider came on board at OneSource Manufacturing Technology in 2009, he had one mission – lead the Leander, Texas, shop into the medical manufacturing sector. At the time, OneSource worked almost exclusively in the semiconductor industry, but wanted to diversify to ensure a steady, less erratic flow of incoming work.

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Fast Cars to Guitars; Shop Plays the Lead in Manufacturing

Fast cars and guitars may be the makings of a country song, but for Wolfert’s Tool & Machine Co. Inc., they represent the broad spectrum of markets the job shop serves with its advanced machining capabilities. From its humble beginnings, the St. James, Missouri-shop’s diversity and willingness to take on any job kept it busy and growing, even in past economically trying years when most others slowed or were forced to close their doors permanently.

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Webinar Shares 4 Simple Steps to Profitable Gear Making

Shops interested in taking on gear work that will ensure future business growth will benefit from Mazak’s “Close the Loop in Gear Cutting” webinar on February 18 at 2 p.m. EST. 

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Early IIoT Adoption: Start Small. Plan Big.

Google “big data” and you’ll get well over 18 million hits. After all, it’s become a popular buzz term in manufacturing circles as it will be the key basis of competition and business growth when Industry 4.0 takes complete hold.

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